Today in History: Easter

I used to do these all the time, but I kinda fell off.  I think I’ll start up again.  They are pretty much a short synopsis of the reason why today’s an important day, holiday or otherwise.  Except, it’s my version.  This is not the politically correct, watered down crap you will find in your average public school.  Usually, I do not express my views on any given subject.  I just try to break it down

So, Easter is like a major religious event in Christianity.  Easter marks the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion at Golgotha.  After enjoying His last supper, Jesus was betrayed by His best friend to the Romans.  He was humiliated, tortured and killed.  Three days later, He was resurrected.  Easter is the celebration of Jesus being risen.

In Christianity, Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40 day period of fasting and penance. 

Easter is also associated with the Jewish celebration of Passover, but only because of the proximity of the dates of the two celebrations.  For those of you who do not know the origins of Passover, it has to do with the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.  When God smote the first born sons of the enslaving Egyptians, the Jews marked their door with the blood of lambs so that they would be passed over.

The date of Easter changes year to year because it follows a specific cycle of the moon. 

The Easter bunny and Easter eggs come from pre-Christian paganic ideals.  The rabbit is a symbol of the fertility goddess Eostre (the origin of the word Easter).  Brings new meaning to the phrase “humping like rabbits.”  The egg is also a symbol of fertility.

Obviously, spring time is a season of new beginnings and fertility, which is why the pagan rituals were usually observed during the Vernal Equinox (first day of Spring). 

The goddess Eostre saved a frozen bird by turning it into a rabbit that could still lay eggs, and that is where the Easter bunny came from.   How the coloured eggs fit in, nobody knows but German immigrants brought the story of Osterhas (The Easter Bunny) to the U.S.   The Germans told their kids if they behaved the Easter Bunny would bring them eggs and candy.

Some Christian demoninations do not use the term “Easter” because of its pagan connotations.  Iinstead, they  use the term “Resurrection Sunday.”

Bizarre fact:
In the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, women are spanked with a special piece of whip with coloured ribbons on Easter.  The spanking is not painful nor intended to cause harm.  It is said that the woman will keep her health and beauty if she is spanked.  The men do the spanking, and afterwards the women can have their revenge by throwing cold water on the men later on that afternoon.  The women will then pay the men a small amount of money and a coloured egg.  Women who don’t get spanked usually get pissed because they were passed over.  In parts of Poland, Easter is celebrated with an all day water fight.

Okay, so now you know about Easter.  Feel learned.


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